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CWAG Alliance Partnership Backgrounder
Overview
The CWAG Alliance Partnership is a cooperative program involving the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), Council of State Governments, National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the U.S. State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other public and private entities aimed at strengthening the legal systems of both the United States and Mexico.

CWAG Alliance Partnership projects focus on such initiatives as reinforcing court systems with greater efficiency and transparency; running training programs that promote a consistent application of Rule of Law disciplines, such as oral advocacy; and promoting collaboration among state attorneys general from both countries.

Binational exchanges and workshops organized through CWAG — in conjunction with NAAG, Mexico's Federal Attorney General's Office, Mexico's National Conference of Attorneys General and Mexico state attorneys general — help establish and nurture cross-jurisdictional cooperation on many law enforcement issues, from consumer fraud and piracy to drug trafficking and money laundering. The ultimate goal is to ensure that law enforcement and judicial officials are able to work together in ways that apply a consistent Rule of Law focus across jurisdictions in U.S. and Mexican states.

A Track Record of Success
Since its establishment in 2006, the CWAG Alliance Partnership has achieved unprecedented tangible results on both sides of the border. A decade of collaborative efforts between the states of New Mexico and Chihuahua, for example, inspired a promising template for state-to-state skill focused trainings. The cultivation of expanded relationships led to bi-national efforts such as the New Mexico State Legislature enacting legislation aimed at criminalizing human trafficking; Arizona and several other state legislatures are now considering similar legislation. Colorado's training efforts with Mexico led to a joint ICE-Colorado Attorney General's Office apprehension of a murder fugitive and, in a multi-jurisdictional effort led by former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, to a $50 million money laundering settlement.

Highlights for 2013
This year — backed by a vigorous infusion of $2 million in funding from INL — the CWAG Alliance Partnership will train more than 1,200 members of the Mexican legal and law enforcement communities. Eighteen capacity-building trainings for prosecutors from states in Northern Mexico will be carried out between January and September of 2013, through live in-person instruction, as well as via distance learning technology. Other activities will include case consultations by U.S. state prosecutors, which allow for individualized case support for Mexican prosecutors preparing their cases for oral trial; office administration reviews conducted by administrative professionals from U.S. prosecutors' offices, offering work flow analysis and suggestions; and a prosecutorial justice forum, bringing prosecutors together with the members of the communities they serve to share information about the new system of criminal justice.

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